Blessed Father Solanus Casey
Father Solanus Casey, Capuchin was born November 25, 1870 on a farm in Wisconsin. His Irish immigrant parents named him Bernard. He was the sixth child in a family of ten boys and six girls. After he left the farm he worked throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota as a logger, a hospital orderly, a street car operator and a prison guard.
At the age of twenty-one Bernard entered St. Francis High School Seminary in Milwaukee to study for the diocese priesthood. Five years later he decided to enter a religious order. He was invested in the Capuchin Order at Detroit in 1897 and received his religious name of Solanus.
The purpose of the Fr. Solanus Guild is to:
- keep alive the inspiring memory of Fr. Solanus;
- bring knowledge of his exemplary life to others;
- archive information about his life and work;
- provide prayer, support, and office services to the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Solanus Casey.